Correspondences: Numbers

If you’ve ever looked into numerology at all, you’ll understand the concept that each number has certain qualities, attributes and even power.  I have below listed the corresponding qualities for each number, 1 to 9.

ONE is the number of essence.  It is the symbol of identity, of equality, of existence, of conservation, and of general harmony.  Being without parts, a single unit announces order, peace and tranquility, which are founded on a unity of sentiments; consequently, one is a good principle.  One represents new beginnings, new happenings, new potentials, self-completeness, creativity, the individual and the positive.

TWO is the origin of contrasts; it is the symbol of diversity, of inequality, of division and of separation.  Two is an evil principle, a number of bad omens, characterising disorder, confusion and change.  Two represents balances, a balance of energy, gentleness, nature, imagination, romance, couples and love.

THREE is the first unequal; it is the number containing the most sublime mysteries, for everything is composed of three substances.  It represents divinity, the soul of the world, the spirit of man.  It is meditation, atonement, completeness – beginning, middle and end.  Three represents creativity, activity, results, ambition, control and authority over others and moving forwards.

FOUR, the first mathematical power, is also one of the chief elements.  It represents the generating virtue, from which come all combinations; it is the perfect of numbers; it is the root of all things.  This number gives the human soul its eternal nature.  Four represents foundation, building, structure, stability, rest and health.

FIVE has a peculiar force in sacred explanations: it is everything; it stops the power of poisons, and renders evil spirits powerless.  Five represents action, energy, conflict, opposition, versatility, communication and impulsiveness.

SIX is a fortunate number, the number of luck and chance.  It derives its merit from the first sculptors having divided the face into six portions.  Six represents kindness, luxury, love, friendship, money, art, affection and health.

SEVEN is a number very powerful for good or for evil.  It is the number of the entire cosmos.  Seven especially belongs to sacred things.  Seven represents spirituality, mysticism, imagination, psychic power, secrets, travel, change, intuition and clairvoyance.

EIGHT is the first cube, that is to say, squared in all senses, as a die, proceeding from its base two, an even number.  Eight represents strength, perfection, karma, stability, intensity, loneliness, hidden feelings, secrets, institutions, hospitals, health and long-term illnesses.

NINE is the square of three, and is regarded as the extent to which numbers would go with all others being embraced and revolving within it.  Ten but recommences a fresh series capable of infinite expansion.  Nine is regarded as sacred and represents fruition, accomplishment, courage, completion, high spirituality and is a good number to incorporate in all spells.

Correspondences: Elements

Generally within these descriptions, the only thing that could vary greatly is the associated direction – in my own practice, I place Earth in the South and Fire in the North; but traditionally this is reversed.  Some place Earth in the East and Air in the North.  It depends on your teachings or, if solitary, what feels right to you.  If you live where there is physically water in the east, you might wish to honour water in the east.  It’s up to you.

EARTH
Gender: Feminine
Direction: South
Colour: Green
Elementals: Gnomes
Animals: Wolf, owl, dragon, stag, wild cats
Stones: Onyx, jade, amethyst, fluorite (to be fair, most stones could be Earth stones, since they mostly come from the earth)
Properties: Fertility, jobs, money, business, health, ecology, nature, stability.

AIR
Gender: Masculine
Direction: East
Colour: Yellow
Elementals: Sylphs
Animals: Doves, wolf, fox, deer, turtle
Stones: Moonstone, turquoise, rhodochrosite
Properties: Memory, intellect, test-taking, divination, psychic ability, travel, overcoming addictions.

FIRE
Gender: Masculine
Direction: North
Colour: Red
Elementals: Salamanders
Animals: Porcupine, coyote, fox, squirrel, hawk, mouse, deer, bear, snakes
Stones: Amber, citrine, smoky crystals, gold, copper
Properties: Success, sex, illness, protection, legal matters, competitions, strength, energy.

WATER
Gender: Feminine
Direction: West
Colour: Blue
Elementals: Undines
Animals: All sea mammals, all sea birds, fish, night creatures, ravens
Stones: Silver, river rocks, amethyst, coral, seashells, rainbow-coloured crystals
Properties: Love, friendship, meditation, healing, dreams, childbirth, clairvoyance, purification.